Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain
"Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (I Timothy 4:12)
Be careful about your words, about your example, your love, your conversation, your spirit, your faith and your purity. If you are careless about any of these, God's promises are lost. After that when we claim them, there will not be any. You have not preserved them.
Abraham was careless. He received great promises. God said, "Be perfect before Me lest My promises go unfulfilled. I am Almighty. My strength is not limited. I am able to fulfill these promises. Sometimes you listen to your wife or you do your own will. Only when you obey, you will see the fulfillment of My Word. I am not a man like you. I am perfect. I cannot rest until I fulfill My Word to you. If you walk according to My Word, the world is going to be blessed in you. My promise will remain with you."
Very many of us receive promises and then sleep. We must be alert. We are following a great God. God is NO MAN. You are treating Him as you treat any man. His promises cannot be broken but you do not value them. Be careful with your sleep, waking and talking. Why? You have God's promises. God's wealth is with you. You cannot afford to be careless. Be careful about your dress and inner thoughts. Be careful about what God has given you.
"But godliness with contentment is great gain" (I Timothy 6:6).
Are you satisfied? Do you feel, "What I have is enough because I have got God's promises. God knows what I need. That man has a car. I do not need one. If I do need one, God would bring it to me. If I have it before I need it, it would kill me and my family. Godliness with contentment! I have enough. I have a Bible. I can read it. I have the company of God's children and a godly wife. That is enough. I have children. I will bring them up for God. I will put these riches of promises into their pockets. I don't want the things that man wants to give me."